Today’s Happy Note: Crossing things off my to do list. I still have a lot to get done before this insane weekend, but I’m getting there. 🙂
PS — Does anyone else add things to their to-do list that you have already done, just so you can experience the joy of crossing it out?
Marathon Training: Yesterday I did four and a half miles, with an easy mile and a half warm-up, 4x (400 fast/400 easy), and a mile cool down. It wasn’t terrible, but I just felt weak. Today, even more so. I feel lightheaded,blurry vision, etc. No idea what is going on, but I’ll be sure to monitor things and be careful.
I had my super easy yoga class today. We literally sat on chairs half the time and stretched. I’m taking it very easy this week, so this was perfectly acceptable.
I never told you about my endocrine visit on Monday! The doctor was extremely nice and extremely knowledgeable. She also seemed obscenely young (early thirties?) for a faculty practitioner (meaning she is a professor) which made me a bit nervous. She was very thorough. We talked about everything — diet, exercise, hormones, habits, genetics, blood sugar, endocrine/metabolic systems. She is running a really broad panel of tests to see if there is something significantly wrong. If nothing is found, then the “answer” is simply going to be that I have a little bit of a weird metabolic/hormonal system.
I am not freaking out as much as I was before though because of two things:
1. She basically told me that my weight “problem” actually isn’t a problem. Because of my healthy diet and exercise choices, being a few pounds over the recommended weight for my height isn’t a big deal. She was actually really soothing/comforting in this regard.
2. I have been making a conscious effort to eat more fat and protein lately and have lost seven pounds. My period just ended, so some of this might be hormonal/water weight. But still, seven pounds is a good chunk of my overall body weight. I am hoping that continuing this eating pattern will help me lose a few more pounds. But if not, I am not going to freak out.
I promise. 🙂
So what have I been eating of late?
One carb I REFUSE to get rid of is oats (above: 1/4 C with 1/2 serving vanilla protein powder, 1 C vanilla soymilk, chopped apple, and walnuts). Other than that, I am not eating too many grains. And I am not giving up carbs entirely either. I kind of love them. 😉 I’m just making sure to reduce them and then pair them with more fat and protein.
One trap I have fallen into in the past is eating more protein without reducing carbs. That just results in more overall calories, which isn’t going to help anybody. Unless you are trying to gain weight, obviously.
Squash “pizza.” In reality this was actually a squash bowl stuffed with veggies, ground beef, and cheese. I cut it into little slices and ate it like a pizza though, which made it 10x more fun.
Really random lunch with two mini corn tortillas (which aren’t that good; I wanted wraps and thought these would be good since they were smaller, but they are dry), almond butter, carrots, and a protein cake (a la April) made with peanut flour and cocoa powder with PB.
Dinner was full of fat, veggies, and protein. Exactly how I like it! I used a base of pumpkin puree, topped that with ground beef/mushrooms/carrots and brussel sprouts/broccoli cooked in EVOO. Enough to feed one small army OR one hungry Caronae.
I have heard a lot of different research about diets higher in proteins/fats. Some of what I have seen has indicated that a diet high in protein/fat, even of the saturated variety (think whole milk, meat, butter) is not harmful. I tend to agree with this with the caveat that people have very different metabolic/digestive systems with very different needs (I talked about my wants and needs with my diet in Monday’s post). I think that it isn’t animal fat or protein that’s killing us/making us obese, but processed crap full of chemicals, like candy bars and pop and snack foods.
I think that there is evidence on both sides of the spectrum, at the moment. In my opinion, this just furthers my conclusion that different people are suited to different diets.
On the horizon the next few days: CRAZY INSANELY BUSY Caronae. I promise to post before the marathon though. Is anyone interested in tracking me/coming out to cheer and wants to know my number?
If so, email me! I know a few bloggies have already mentioned that they would like to know, but I have lost track. So please leave a comment/email me and I will let you know.
T-4 days! Ahhhhhh!!!!!